Not wanting to repeat any of those ideas, and feeling more whimsical than serious, I tried to figure out what to do. My first thought was an elaborate cake, but that whole Marie/cake thing has really been overdone. Finally a brainstorm began swirling around my head, and I became the designer Jean Claude, would-be dog groomer to the queen. And I just had the best time with this one, fussy cutting and all. First page, my fictional alter ego:
After much searching, I was lucky enough to find a black and white picture of a man in full period dress, but he was facing the wrong way! Then I remembered the mirror function on the printer and voila! With one click he was turned around.
I colored him with my portfolio water soluble oil pastels (love the vibrancy of the colors) then added some details with glaze pens. Did I mention fussy cutting? I'm generally a really fast worker and fussy is ordinarily not in my vocabulary, but I spent a LONG time with scissors and craft knife on Jean Claude, and added shading to every inch of him.
The background is a Tim Holtz paper which I further embellished with inks and embossing. The column that Jean Clade is leaning on, is from watercolor paper I inked and gave a faux marble treatment.
So, what is he looking at, anyway? Why, his creation of course! The design he hopes will win him the title of Superior Dog Groomer To The Queen.
Now, a disclaimer....I would NEVER actually do such a thing to a dog. But Jean Claude is another story altogether. Let me assure you, no live canines were hurt or humiliated in the making of this page.
I used a photo of this gorgeous standard poodle show dog (again, very careful fussy cutting and shading), and dressed her rather simply in netting and ribbon. The hair and headdress are other matters. Blonde to match her owner, the hair was done with yellow flock. I knew I'd find a use for that old craft staple eventually. Gold leaves, little fabric flowers, feathers and stick pins complete the chapeau. Final touches, a seed bead necklace and some glittery nails. Oh, and I did have the pooch presented on a cake plate.